From the Oregonian:
Fox News tied a Portland shooting to protests. In fact, it happened miles away
Updated Aug 02, 2020; Posted Aug 02, 2020
By Lizzy Acker | The Oregonian/OregonLive
A Fox News article implied that a shooting in Portland was related to protests against police violence and systemic racism, and other conservative media followed suit. The problem? The shooting happened 5 miles away from demonstrations.
Just after 11 p.m. on Friday night, Portland police responded to the 600 block of Northeast 87th Avenue to find the woman had been shot in the arm and more than 150 shots fired in the area.
150 shots fired? What were the Portlanders doing, re-enacting the “Say hello to my little fren” scene from Scarface?
Portland is only 5.8% black, so a single incident in which 150 shots were fired is, like, a lot.
The woman was taken to a hospital with what police said were non-life-threatening injuries. Police said at least eight occupied apartments and seven vehicles were struck by bullets, but no other injuries were reported.
So, basically, No Harm, No Foul, as Chick Hearn would say in 1972.
That same night, a couple of thousand protestors gathered in downtown for the 65th straight night of protests in Portland against systemic racism and police violence after the killing of George Floyd. The Multnomah County Justice Center, the frequent focal point of protests, is about 5 miles from where the shooting took place in Montavilla.
“Portland sees 150-round shooting at apartment building, as crowds continue violent clashes with police,” blared the headline from Fox News on Sunday.
Fox News is one of the right-wing news organizations that have painted Portland as a “city under siege” as the protests continue.
… The Fox News story acknowledged it was not “immediately clear whether the shooting was linked to demonstrations,” but presented no evidence to suggest they are.
Also from The Oregonian:
Portland police record highest number of death investigations in single month in more than three decades
Updated Jul 30, 2020; Posted Jul 30, 2020
There have been 63 shootings so far this month of July, compared to 28 shootings in July 2019, according to Portland police.
… That’s the most killings in one month in more than three decades, they said.
So far this year, 24 people have died in homicides in Portland.
There have been a total of 63 shootings so far this month compared to 28 in July 2019, according to the Police Bureau.